NFL Injuries: Two Dallas Cowboys Starters Sit Out Practice

By Ben Grimaldi
Matthew Emmons-US PRESSWIRE

With the Dallas Cowboys trying to put together their first winning streak of the season, this is not the kind of news you want to hear. Starting fullback Lawrence Vickers and center Ryan Cook both sat out of practice today with injuries.

Vickers missed practice with a sprained medial collateral ligament in his knee and Cook sat out with what the team called a sore knee. While neither injury is considered serious, the injuries are cause for concern at positions with little depth.

Vickers is the only Cowboys fullback on the roster and with DeMarco Murray unlikely to play again this weekend, the Cowboys could be down to just three healthy running backs, none of which are fullbacks. If Vickers cannot play, the Cowboys would surely need to adjust their offense to some degree.

Speaking of adjusting, the injury to Cook is forcing the Cowboys offensive line to do so once again. Dallas practiced today without their top two centers with Phil Costa still not ready to get back to action. Mackenzy Bernadeau took the first team reps at center and Kevin Kowalski was also able to practice today but he still hasn’t been added to the active roster yet.

The center position has been a spot of concern for the Cowboys all season long and the injury bug doesn’t seem to be going away. Dallas needs a healthy center and the hope is that Cook will be ready for this week’s game.

This is not the kind of news that will make Cowboys fans jump for joy but it is still early in the week and these missed practices could be a way to keep two key players healthy.

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